These half-formed sighs floating through the air, softly lamenting and dissolved in delicious melancholy... (Franz Liszt on John Field's Nocturnes)
Following her critically acclaimed coupling of the Britten & Barber Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra, Elizabeth Joy Roe enlightens the extraordinary world of John Field.
John Field has been called the Father of the Nocturne, creating the form which Chopin perfected, but thus relegated to a footnote in musical history. In fact he was held in high regard by his contemporaries: a student of Clementi, he knew Haydn, Hummel, Czerny and Mendelssohn, was championed by Liszt and an acknowledged influence on Chopin, Brahms and Schumann.
This is the first recording of John Field's complete Nocturnes on Universal.
All 18 Nocturnes complete on a single CD for the first time.